Break out your lederhosen for Mint Hill’s first annual Oktoberfest celebration!
A tradition in Germany for over 200 years, the tradition of Oktoberfest started in 1810 with the wedding of Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen to King Ludwig I. The festival was so popular that the Royal Family celebrated once again in 1811, beginning a tradition that would only be suspended in times of war and cholera. Today the celebration of Bavarian culture running from the third weekend in September through the first Sunday in October is celebrated not only in Munich but in cities across the world.
This year, there’s no need to battle traffic and crowds in Uptown Charlotte to sip on a German lager and eat schnitzel and strudel. This year, you can enjoy German food, beer, music, and festivities right in front of Town Hall.
Hosted by Pour 64 and 1st Choice Properties, the family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration will feature Märzen-style “Oktoberfest” lagers from local breweries like Olde Meck, Cabarrus Brewing, Triple C, and Cigar City. For those who prefer a different style of beer, all of Pour 64’s forty rotating taps will be available, featuring everything from IPAs and pale ales to stouts as well as ciders, ginger beers, and sours.
The event will also feature food for purchase from the popular German Food Truck Strudelteig. “They’re here at this location every other Wednesday,” says Pour 64 owner Sara Brock. “People love their food!” Expect to see traditional savory German dishes like schnitzelsemmel, a traditional Austrian breaded pork cutlet served on a fresh kaiser roll and scratch-made soft beer pretzels and sweet strudel.
In addition to food and drink, revelers will have the opportunity to compete for prizes in fun team-oriented games and participate in what promises to be an entertaining costume contest. Everyone is encouraged to come in traditional Bavarian attire, and the man with the best lederhosen and the woman with the best dirndl will earn $75 gift certificates to the Waldhorn Restaurant.
“I hope people dress up!” says 1st Choice Properties owner Anna Granger, who hinted that you may see her sporting a traditional dirndl and blonde, pigtailed wig. “No matter how goofy! That’s going to be part of the fun, seeing regular people in Mint Hill looking funny.”
For Granger and Brock, Oktoberfest represents an opportunity to bring the community together and do something different. “It’s the combination of me being from Germany and my office being right there,” says Granger, gesturing to 1st Choice properties next door. “And here we have a pub right here in Mint Hill. It’s a perfect partnership for an Oktoberfest.” “I just love doing any events that bring people out in Mint Hill,” adds Brock. “It’s my favorite thing to do.”
Oktoberfest is the second in a series of three upcoming weekend events hosted by Pour 64. On September 28, join them for the Clawnival, a pet-and-family-friendly fundraiser for adoptable cats and dogs. On October 12, attend the second annual Chamber-sponsored cornhole tournament benefiting the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program.
“I think Mint Hill has way more events than it’s ever had,” says Granger. And for Granger and Brock, that’s the point. “All these little pockets of town—Cabarrus, Matthews—they do some form of Oktoberfest event, and we just wanted to bring something like that to Mint Hill,” says Brock. “Why not? Let’s do more of what other towns are doing.”
Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 5 at Pour 64. The festivities will run from 5:30 to 10:00. Prost!